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California Wine Fair 2011

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 — 9:45am PDT
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The Arts Club Theatre Company is hosting their annual California Wine Fair at Canada Place on March 11, 2011 at 7:00pm.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to sample fine wines from over 100 top producers including new vintage and varietals not currently available in Canada. A full list of participating wineries is available online.

Park Farm Winery, Iowa

When I attended a few years ago there was an abundance of quality silent auction items and this year is no exception. Bid on wine experiences, travel, and entertainment packages with proceeds benefitting the Arts Club. Tickets to the event are $65 or $55 if you book with a group of six people or more.

The California Wine Fair is part of a series of fundraising events presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company that includes the California Winery Dinner at Seasons in the Park (Queen Elizabeth Park) on Wednesday March 9th at 6:00 pm and Wine 101 on Wednesday March 16th at 7:00 pm at the Petley Jones Gallery (1554 West 6th Avenue).

Here’s how you can enter to win a pair of tickets to this event:

  • Leave a comment on this post listing wine tasting tip (1 entry)
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  • I entered to win @TheArtsClub California Wine Fair tickets from @Miss604

    I will draw one winner next week at 12:00pm on March 9th, 2011. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter and win. Please enjoy responsibly and plan a safe trip home.

    Update The winner is Danielle Scott – have a great time!

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    1. Tracey Flattes says:

      I’m more into drinking than tasting, but I believe that swirling the wine around in your mouth is the way to go!

    2. Cliff says:

      Aerate the wine well and smell it before tasting.

    3. Brenda says:

      Don’t try and taste too many wines.

    4. Emma says:

      Examine with your sight and smell before you go for the taste.

    5. Joyce says:

      Remember: it’s OK to spit out the wine at a tasting event. It could be a lot to drink if you were to try every kind of wine.

    6. CF says:

      Try different price points of the same wine (eg. a cheap merlot, a mid-range merlot and an expensive merlot) to distinguish differences in quality!

      Looooooove wine. πŸ™‚

    7. Marc says:

      I always prefer to open my wine 1/2 hour before consuming it so that it’s properly oxidized πŸ™‚

    8. Katie says:

      Don’t have gum in your mouth πŸ™‚

    9. Tom says:

      Pace yourself.

    10. SUSAN says:

      Love it, and I will love to win 2 tix. Thanks!

    11. jeff says:

      I’ve just been introduced to the joys of wine and would love to win these tickets to expand my knowledge in this area.

    12. Linda says:

      i like to whirl and whiff – aerate the wine in the glass and take a whiff of it before consuming

    13. Dennis D says:

      That would be deliciously fun

    14. Julie says:

      The best tip I like to drink by: Don’t be intimidated, thereÒ€ℒs no right and wrong when it comes to wine tasting!

    15. Renfrew says:

      Never been to one – would love to go and get some tips.

    16. Sita says:

      mmmm i love wine!!

    17. Heather B says:

      it’s important to start with the driest wine and progress to thi sweetest. If you start with sweet the dry wines taste awful!

    18. Julia says:

      Swirl the wine in your glass, inhale the aroma then take a sip and enjoy!

    19. Erin says:

      When you’re tasting wines, the rim of your glass should bend inwards to help funnel aromas to the nose, and allow you to swirl without spilling.

    20. Beth says:

      After taking a sip, keep it in your mouth and sniff!

    21. Benji says:

      Tasting wine directly from the bottle does not allow for all of one’s senses to be fully engaged. Use a glass…preferably a wine glass.

    22. Sanaz says:

      Gargle the wine in your mouth to taste all the flavours

    23. Winnie says:

      swirl the wine around in your glass before taking a sip… then swirl it around your mouth!

    24. jean says:

      don’t be a wine snob!

    25. Vanessa says:

      Hold the wine glass up to the light and check for specks

    26. Phy says:

      Sometimes it’s better to make use of the spit bucket.

    27. Jenn H says:

      after swirling the wine around – tilt the glass sideways and smell from the top of the glass – this allows you to sniff in more of the flavouring and less of the alcohol! (if you just want the alcohol scent – smell from the lower portion of the glass)

    28. Anne says:

      Swirl the wine, take a sip. Speak like Mr & Mrs Howell and say with authority “this wine has a good leg of viscosity”

    29. A.J. says:

      Swirling the wine around in your glass and holding it up to the light to view the legs (streaks that run down the glass) of the wine. The more pronounced the legs of the wine are, the more full bodied the wine is thought to be πŸ™‚

    30. sumi says:

      When you sip then wine suck it in like a reverse whistle (lasy at a winery told me this-difficult to master! )

    31. sumi says:

      Wow phone typos:
      When you sip the wine suck it in like a reverse whistle (lady at a winery told me this-difficult to master!)

    32. Taigi says:

      Wines are a living object. Allow it to breathe, this will provide a richer flavour. Don’t forget to plan for a way home, besides driving. Especially if you don’t spit out the wine.

    33. Melissa says:

      open the bottle…

    34. JA says:

      Close your eyes while you are wine tasting, this can help you block out distractions and concentrate on your wine’s taste, helping to pick up any of the more elusive flavors.

    35. Jen says:

      Ask the wine maker questions, whether you are at a winery or a wine fair! They can tell you lots about what you are tasting πŸ™‚

    36. Ian says:

      Nothing better than sampling the finest wine!! Not so much bidding for me though! hahahah

    37. Steven says:

      FREE wine is always good wine! Thats my philosophy hahaha

    38. As my Italian uncle says, swirl your glass to make sure it’s got good legs. Like women, wine should have just as great legs πŸ™‚

    39. Mark says:

      Mmmmm…wine sounds great!! Thank you!

    40. Dee says:

      Pace yourself. Ha.

    41. James says:

      Wear lots of perfume.

    42. Linda says:

      Sip & enjoy!

    43. Julie says:

      Just came back from South Africa where I had the good fortune to participate in a wine tasting. We learned about swirling and make sure you don’t swallow the wine right away.

    44. Don says:

      Taste in moderation, and keep the sweet wines to the end.

    45. Leane says:

      only sip… and clean out the glass each time

    46. Dianne Chow says:

      Buy a decanter that allows your wine to aerate. Chill your white wines. Always swirl wine in your glass to aerate. When at wine tastings, make sure you use water to get rid of any remains of the last wine.

    47. Cathy says:

      I’ve drank a few wines as soon the bottle’s open. I’ve also had wine that when you allow it to breathe it tastes a bazillion times better!

    48. belinda says:

      Sounds like a great experience to add more wine knowledge.

    49. Rachael Q says:

      Have some fresh coffee beans nearby. Smell the coffee beans before smelling the different wine. (same as testing perfumes).

    50. nocal says:

      Good one

    51. Teresa says:

      Pair wines with food.

    52. Gerald says:

      Aerate your wine by swirling your glass several times and sniffing the wine between swirls. Once the wine is in your mouth, close your eyes and truly taste it before swallowing or spitting. Concentrate on the after taste. Assess.

    53. Gina says:

      Envision yourself as Paul Giamatti’s character in the movie Sideways.

    54. Melanie says:

      If you have a negative opinion of a wine, be discreet and diplomatic about it – don’t interfere with someone else’s tasting experience.

    55. Brenda says:

      The expensive wines aren’t always the one your palate will like best. Yum, wine.

    56. Lucie says:

      Don’t worry so much about what you’re ‘supposed’ to like, just go with what pleases your palate.

    57. Erica says:

      DonÒ€ℒt taste too many wines.

    58. Samir says:

      Use all your senses: sight, smell, taste

    59. Jodi says:

      While we may have natural favourites, wine tasting is a great chance to strike out and try new things – enjoy the adventure!

    60. Sandra says:

      I need to learn about wines, so that’s why I need to go!

    61. Michelle Williamson says:

      Taste it with and without food so you can explore more complex flavours

    62. Carole says:

      I love red! Shiraz is my favourite.

    63. Sharon says:

      Sounds great, would love to attend!

    64. Andrew C. says:

      Spit it out

    65. alana park says:

      Wine tip….
      when your glass is empty fill it up….

    66. Joan says:

      After a chilly day in the garden I’m ready to pretend that I’m in California!

    67. Larisa says:

      not so much a drinking ‘tip’… but did you know that if you spill red wine on yourself, splash on a little white wine, and it will come out more easily in the wash! πŸ™‚

    68. Danielle Scott says:

      Observe the wine, smell the wine, and taste the wine!

    69. Leonora says:

      Wine tasting tip #1: Drink with friends.
      Bonus tip: The primary axiom that I learnt from studying Wine Science is that it is not the cost or “fineness” of a wine that matters – bottom line is, all else aside, its’ quaffability, and whether you love it.

    70. Natlee says:

      WIne with good company go hand in hand!!!

    71. matt says:

      Pace yourself, unless you intend to get drunk

    72. Sophia says:

      make use of the spit bucket if necessary…

    73. Lawrence says:

      let the wine breathe before drinking

    74. val says:

      Wine tasting tip: no chewing gum! (seriously!)

    75. Rebecca says:

      Keep an open mind – i.e. even if you don’t like reds, try them, maybe you just haven’t found the right one.

    76. Carol says:

      Let the wine breathe before sampling.

    77. Jim says:

      Be very open to trying different wines.

    78. Brenda says:

      Swirl the wine in the glass beforehand and take some time to smell its different notes.

    79. corey says:

      I like to put a skewer of frozen blueberries in my whites….might ruin it for true wineo’s but I love it…(and it looks pretty)

    80. Sunhee says:

      Never swallow!

    81. Kimberly says:

      Examine with your eyes, nose, and tastebuds!

    82. anne marie says:

      Breathe, swirl, curl, sip..

    83. Kate says:

      Enjoy it…! And don’t be afriad not to spit!

    84. Terry Gibson says:

      I’ve always wanted to swirl, spit and schmooze — and all with diva-tude.

    85. Lori says:

      I think my friend and I would just love an outing like this!

    86. Don Foran says:

      Eat something before you swirl, sniff, swish & (sometimes) spit.

    87. Enjoy with friends! Chat to the people around you and make wine tasting a memorable experience. Be enthused and the wine will just taste better. Also sip twice -once to cleanse your palette and the second time to savour the taste. And then smile and laugh with your FRIENDS. spread the joy!

    88. Scott says:

      Enjoy the bouquet.

    89. Chloe says:

      Put your hand over the top of your wine glass and swish it around in the glass for instant aeration.

    90. jenn w says:

      Cleanse your palate with a bit of bread or cracker between each wine!

    91. Kristina says:

      Swirl the wine in the glass and take a nice whiff…enjoy!

    92. Susan says:

      Swirl the wine in the glass to aerate and sniff πŸ™‚

    93. Amy W. says:

      Remember to swirl!

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